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“Mother, Daughter, Sister: Amae, Thamee, Ama”; a documentary film on the weaponization of rape in the Myanmar Conflict

The Southeast Asian Student Association will be hosting the film screening of ” Mother, Daughter, Sister: Ama, Thamee, Ama.” This is a documentary on the weaponization of rape in the Myanmar Conflict. The film screening will also include a discussion with director Jeanne Hallacy.  The event is co sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Asian Studies. It will take place on Friday, May 3rd.  Please come join us!

Here is a link to the facebook post to learn more information about the event:

Reporter Donates Documents on Infamous 1971 FBI Burglary to Swarthmore College Peace Collection

This article was written by the Communications Office
at Swarthmore College.

Here is an additional link to the original article:

Betty Medsger sitting at table with microphone

Investigative reporter Betty Medsger, who recently spoke at McCabe Library, donated approximately 70,000 documents used while researching her 2014 book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. (Photo courtesy of Delaware County Daily Times)

As recently noted in the Delaware County Daily Times, the Washington Post journalist who was the first to report on files stolen from a Delaware County FBI office almost 50 years ago donated her book research on the topic to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

The collection, housed in McCabe Library, accepted approximately 70,000 documents that investigative reporter Betty Medsger used in writing her 2014 book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. The documents include the 35,000 files she received from a Freedom of Information Act request that methodically detailed theillegal surveillance techniques conducted by the FBI to suppress dissenting speech and activities by people and organizations viewed as subversives.

Read more about the operation in the Fall 2014 Swarthmore Bulletin. Related documents are available in the Black Liberation 1969 digitial archive.

“These were the documents that convinced Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katharine Graham to defy J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General John Mitchell, and break the story that the FBI was spying on ordinary Americans who had committed no crimes,” says Wendy Chmielewski, George Cooley Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

“The publication of the stolen records from the Media [Pa.] FBI office also directly influenced and encouraged the editor and publisher to go forward with publishing investigations of the well-known cases of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and in the subsequent two years of investigations over Watergate,” says Chmielewski.

Some of the files detailed ways College staff members were used as informants for the FBI to keep an eye on certain professors or student groups through a program called COINTELPRO, which operated from 1965 to 1971.

“I’m in very good company,” Medsger said at an April 3 event at McCabe Library, noting her work’s inclusion with that of Nobel Prize laureate Jane Addams and documentary filmmaker Anthony Giacchino. “I’m glad my files will have good company and be valuable to people doing research.”

Since its founding in 1930, the Peace Collection has gathered and preserved for scholarly research the materials of people and organizations who have worked for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolution between peoples and nations. The collection houses material on a wide variety of subjects, such as the history of the peace movement, pacifism, women and peace, conscientious objection, nonviolence and disarmament, internationalism, and civil disobedience. It also contains a large number of posters, photographs, and memorabilia, including the medal Jane Addams received when she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Read more about the donation in the Delaware County Daily Times.


Conversation with Max Elbaum, longtime left organizer and author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.

Conversation with Max Elbaum, longtime left organizer and author
of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.
Tuesday April 16th, 7pm
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Swarthmore College (free and open to the public).

The third edition of Revolution in the Air was published in 2018 with a new forward by Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Garza writes: “We can use this book as a tool to begin charting a path towards what a vast, vibrant Left can and should look like in the United States.” And Elbaum says: “Today revolutionary sentiments are spreading once again as we face exceptional dangers from the white nationalist-driven Trump presidency. I look forward to working [to] do our best to defeat the racist, sexist and authoritarian right; strengthen mass movements for peace, social justice and a sustainable environment; and make revolutionary politics not just a sentiment filling the air but a powerful political force on the ground.”  Max will give a short-ish talk on his book and its lessons for today’s activists, then open up for a Q&A.

Max Elbaum was a member of Students for a Democratic Society and a leader of one of the main new communist movement organizations. His writings have appeared in the Nation, the US Guardian, CrossRoads, and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Oakland.

co-sponsored by the departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Peace & Conflict Studies.  Contact

Anthropology Through Comics: The Making of Lissa, an EthnoGRAPHIC Story

Peace and Conflict Studies is happy to co-sponsor this event!
Anthropology Through Comics: The Making of Lissa, an EthnoGRAPHIC Story
Tuesday, April 9th, 4:15 – 5:45 PM, in Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
A guest lecture by Sherine Hamdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology,
University of California, Irvine, & Lissa’s co-creator. She is also the Series Editor for University of Toronto Press’ ethnoGRAPHIC series
Sherine Hamdy will discuss her move from medical anthropological research to working on creating a graphic novel, featuring women from extraordinarily different circumstances each facing a medical decision the other can’t understand. Lissa, which takes place against the backdrop of Egypt’s popular uprisings, is informed by Hamdy’s ethnographic research in Egypt on the vulnerabilities that expose people to kidney and liver disease, and the difficulties of accessing proper treatment. The work also draws on Coleman Nye’s research in the U.S. on the social and political calculus of managing genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer within a commercial healthcare system.
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“Symbolic and Material Boundary Drawing in the Syrian Refugee Crises: Excluding Muslim Men from Germany” with Dr. Gokce Yurdakul

We have an amazing lecture coming up!

“Symbolic and Material Boundary Drawing in the Syrian Refugee Crises: Excluding Muslim Men from Germany”
Dr. Gokce Yurdakul
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Department of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Kohlberg 228
Co-Organized by German Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies and Co-Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Copy of _Symbolic and Material Boundary Drawing in the Syrian Refugee Crisis_ excluding Muslim Men from Germany._

“Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair” with Sarah Schulman

We excited to announce this event coming next week to Swarthmore!

Sarah Schulman, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities from the College of Staten Island and City University of New York will be doing a lecture titled, “Conflict is Not Abuse:  Overstating Harm,  Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair.”

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Kohlberg 228
Organized by Peace and Conflict Studies and Co-Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, the Intercultural Center, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the President’s Office, and the Sager Fund


By_ Sarah schulman

Friends Historical Library Lecture: “Quaker Peace Testimony in the 20th Century” on Thursday April 11

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Friends Historical Library is presenting a lecture on The Quaker Peace Testimony in the 20th Century on Thursday, April 11, 2019, 4:30 PM, in the McCabe Library Atrium. The speaker is David Harrington Watt, the Douglas and Dorothy Steere Professor of Quaker Studies at Haverford College.
Over the centuries, Quakers have thought about coercion, violence and war in many different ways. This talk will examine the ways in which Henry J. Cadbury (1883-1974)—one of the more prominent figures in the history of modern Quakerism — thought about those issues. In 1919, Haverford’s Board of Mangers accepted Henry Cadbury’s resignation from the college’s faculty. The resignation grew out a controversy connected to Cadbury’s vociferous advocacy of peace. This talk will examine Cadbury’s views on peace, coercion, and war and about what hose views tell use about the history of the Quaker “Peace Testimony.”
Here are event details:

ASHOKA Japan Change Makers coming to Swarthmore!

The Ashoka Japan Youth Venturers will arrive on campus this coming weekend March 24 – March 27th, and will be hosted by the Social Innovation Lab in the Lang Center.  They are traveling a long way to spend time at Swarthmore, so we want to make sure their experience is positive!

Events during their visit include:

Sunday, March 24th 4 pm  WELCOME & PIZZA – Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Monday, March 25th, 2-5pm and Tuesday, March 25th, 2-3.30pm Ashoka & Swarthmore student Project Presentations in the Social Innovation Lab, Lang Center

The Ashoka Japan Youth Venturer students and Swarthmore students will be giving presentations on their amazing social impact projects!  Come and hear about the amazing change they are creating in the world!

Monday, March 25th, 6pm and Tuesday, March 25th, 6pm 
Dinner in Sharples – please join them and say hello!

If you are planning on being at any of the sessions above, please RSVP to Denise Crossan or Natasha Markov-Riss and add your name to the VISIT SCHEDULE.
Come when you can, leave when you must!